The Overview of Links

Document links, the most common form of link, are easily seen in the “Document Browser”, but if you have created many links, it is difficult to get an overview of them. For this reason, MAXQDA makes it possible to view all links in an overview table. This overview table is similar to the one used for the Overview of Coded Segments.

To view the Overview of Links, right-click on a document, document group or the Documents icon (representing the entire project) in the “Document System” and select Overview of Links. When right-clicking on a document or document group, only those links from that document or group will be shown. Alternatively you can open the Overview of Links from the Reports tab in the main menu.

The overview contains the following information:

Anchor point (Document 1), paragraph, preview, second location (Document 2), paragraph, preview.

In other words, you see the document name, paragraph number, and a preview of each side of a link. Document links are not hierarchical, meaning they don’t have a specific direction. A link from Point A to Point B is also a link from Point B to Point A. If you view all links from the whole paragraph, you will therefore see each link listed twice: once as Point A to Point B, and once as Point B to Point A.

Overview of Links for a project

In the Overview of Links, each type of link can be distinguished by the symbol that appears in the column on the far left:

Document links

External links and web links

Geolinks

The Overview of Links table works like other MAXQDA tables. You can choose to sort it alphabetically or reverse alphabetically by clicking on the column headers. Clicking once on a link opens the linked document segment in the “Document Browser”, showing you where the link is located.

Exporting the Overview of Link

You can also access the usual export functions in the toolbar of the overview window:

Open As Excel Table – A temporary table in XLS/X format is created and displayed in the program associated with this format. To permanently save the created file, you have to save it to a different location from Excel.

Open as HTML table – A temporary HTML table is created and displayed with the standard browser set. To permanently save the created file, you must save it under a different location from the default browser.

Export – MAXQDA creates a table as an Excel file (XLS/X format), as a web page (HTML format) or as a text document (Word or RTF format) after you have assigned a file name and location. The exported file is opened immediately.